COLUMBIA — More than seven months have passed but the Missouri women's basketball team retains a young nucleus.
With only four upperclassmen, the team is still young. Missouri took the court for the annual Black and Gold scrimmage at Mizzou Arena on Tuesday night with just two returning starters and six new faces.
"It gave our young kids a chance to get their feet wet and play through some of the jitters," fourth-year head coach Robin Pingeton said.
For freshman Jordan Frericks, it was her first opportunity to play in a Missouri uniform.
"It was awesome," Frericks said. "We've put on the uniform for pictures and stuff, but it was definitely a lot different playing out there."
Tania Jackson, a senior transfer from Kansas, used the scrimmage as a chance for her to test out her "old knee" that has been operated on three times.
Frericks and Jackson were two of the most noticeable newcomers on both sides of the court. Pingetonc expects the new players to play a large role in this year's team.
"I think they have a chance to come in and see significant minutes if not challenge some players for a starting position," Pingeton said.
Missouri finished eighth in the Southeastern Conference last year with an overall record of 17-15 and a 6-10 conference record. Missouri is picked to finish ninth this year by the media in its second year in the SEC.
After nine days of practice, Pingeton didn't see anything that surprised her. However, she would like to see a more disciplined shot selection when regular season games roll around.
"You got a lot of people jacking up shots that better not be jacking up those shots in a game situation," Pingeton said with a smile. "That’s what it's all about. That’s what it's for."
Missouri has two more weeks of practice before its first preseason game against Southwest Baptist University on Oct. 29. Junior Morgan Eye had mixed reviews of the team's performance and understands the need to take advantage of the upcoming practices.
"There were a lot of positives and a lot of negatives," Eye said. "A lot of things to work on in the next few weeks."
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